ESP off allows a whisp of tirespin and more spin is more better for this test. Auto upshifts occur at 6000 rpm even in manual mode. Then why have a manual mode? Under full acceleration, there's some tugging at the steering wheel, but not enough to be considered objectionable torque steer.
The brake pedal is on the soft side of firm, but doesn't kick back under full ABS. The soft-ish suspension allows some initial forward pitch, but the Santa Fe's repeated stops remain clustered around the 140-foot range.
Without a hidden, second level of ESC, "off" really is "off" in this case. As a result, it's easy to detect the limit of the tires' grip as they begin to howl around the skid pad. Balance is remarkably good. In the slalom, the Santa Fe carries its weight very well. It feels heavy (and it is), but the suspension and steering are well sorted and manage the Santa Fe's mass. Again, ESC off allows us to probe the limit of the chassis and tires.